Research and Development

Key Areas of Research

The key research areas at the Duisburg location are tubes and pipes, sections and heavy plate, while the activities in Salzgitter focus on hot and cold rolled strip:

Materials for seamless pipes,
heavy plates for
longitudinally-welded pipes,
high-alloy materials
Steels for cold-rolled sheet and surface-
finished products
Steels for hot rolled strip
and slit strip
Corrosion-resistant materials
Surface-finished materials
Massive forming
Tube manufacture
Facture mechanics
Component safety
Sheet-metal forming (deep-drawing,
hydroforming, profiling, ...)
Component development

This difference in key research areas at the two locations is the result of historical developments and is also reflected in their focus on products and markets:

  • Tubes, pipes
  • Heavy plate
  • Sections
  • Automotive (power train)
  • Mechanical and plant engineering
  • power engineering
  • Construction (structurals)
  • Construction of lines


  • Hot-rolled and 
    cold rolled strip
  • Automotive (body, chassis)
  • Consumer industry
  • Construction (roof, wall, airconditioning)